Robot will continue to be a hot topic in many years to come in this “big data, cloud computing, machine learning, virtual reality age”. But finding publishable research problems to attach in robotic control area is getting harder and harder. This talk will offer a new angle for emerging multi-robot control research opportunities. First, we treat robots as a network of moving sensors or moving actuators (MAS-net) that can be communicating with each other, forming a bigger closed loop control system, known as CPS (cyber-physical systems). Then I will further discuss the next step towards CHS: cyber-human systems, that extends our horizon of research attacks. I will share my belief that “Cyber-Human Systems” (CHS) will be a hot topic in the next 10-20 years as human (individual, team, society/community), computer (fixed, mobile and surrounds), and environment (physical, mixed and virtual) fuse.
YangQuan Chen joined University of California, Merced in summer 2012 with a vision to promote the wide-spread use of low cost data-drones in precision agriculture and environmental monitoring. From 2000 to 2012, he was with Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. of Utah State University. His unmanned aerial systems (UAS) team at UC Merced has been pursuing research excellence in innovative use of data-drones for crop, water, soil, dust, air, and fire etc. Dr. Chen received Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University Singapore in 1998. His current areas of research interest include: applied fractional calculus in controls, signal processing and energy informatics; distributed measurement and distributed control of distributed parameter systems using mobile actuator and sensor networks; mechatronics; multi-UAV based cooperative multi-spectral “personal remote sensing” for precision agriculture and environmental monitoring. He is an Associate Editor for Acta Montanistica Slovaca, IFAC journals of Mechatronics and Control Engineering Practice, Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis, IET Control Theory and Applications, IEEE Transactions of Control Systems Technology, ISA Transactions and Cogent Engineering (Systems and Control). He also serves as the Topic-Editor-in-Chief in “Field Robotics” for International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), a Senior Editor for International Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, and an associate editor for Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics. He was an associate editor for ASME Journal of Dynamical Systems, Measurement and Control (2009-2015) and a Founding Associate Editor for Unmanned Systems (2013-2015). Dr. Chen is a member of ASPRS, AUVSI, AMA, IEEE, ASME, AIAA, and ASEE. He serves as the co-chair for IEEE RAS TC on Aerial Robotics and UAV, IEEE UAS CTAP, and Program Co-chair for ICUAS 2016, Washington, DC, and General Co-Chair for ICUAS 2017, Miami, FL.